Tuesday, July 1, 2008

603 is a winner on 6-30

Ken Griffey Jr.'s 603rd career home run happened to be a game winner tonight for the Reds. Exciting stuff! He didn't start the game, but he hit this in the bottom of the ninth after being put in at the top of the ninth. The Reds were down by one, they had a guy on second base, Junior comes to bat, one swing and the Reds win. So pretty. Surprisingly it's only his fifth walk-off home run ever. And four of the five have come with the Reds. Weird on both accounts. What's more is, the Reds are now ahead of the Pirates in the standings ... by 0.01 percent. Hilarious. Look out Astros, we're coming at you for fourth place!!

By the way, two years ago today Adam Dunn did something that has happened only 13 other times in the history of Major League Baseball: He hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs. That means the Reds were down by three runs, had the bases loaded, there were two outs, and Dunn knocked one out of the park to win the game by a run. It's incredible to think about how rare that is to see. Here's the game story, and there's a link to watch his grand slam there too.

Can't let June 30 pass without noting the semi-death of Windows XP. I haven't used Vista yet, not even once anywhere, so I have no idea if it's as bad as everyone says. It sure hasn't gotten good word-of-mouth reviews though, and I generally hate changes that involve how I use my computer, so I'm going to avoid it as long as possible. At least Microsoft will still be supporting it with updates and whatnot for a few years.

Also on this date, in 1986: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.

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